Vicky Van Dewark

Instructor: Voice and Musical Theater Voice classes, Applied Voice

Vicky Van Dewark has been on the faculty of Napa Valley College since 2002. She has also taught at Holy Names University in Oakland from 1989 until 2003 (where she served as the coordinator of the Opera Scenes Workshop) and Contra Costa College as vocal coach for the musicals from 1976 to 1978.

Vicky’s education includes a degree in Music and Post Graduate work from California State University, Sacramento; music coaching and performing at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary (1978-79); her professional performing experience as a mezzo-soprano, during 1973-1984, and as a soprano (1984-2000) which qualified her for a Master's equivalency and a California Credential to teach voice on the college level. Also, during her performing years she accumulated many hours of professional development through coaching and language diction with master teachers and coaches.

As a performing artist Vicky was active in Opera, Oratorio, and Art Song in the Bay Area, West Coast and Hawaii. She was soprano soloist in such major works as Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor and Verdi's Requiem. Her major opera roles included Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Norma in Bellini's Norma, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti's Anna Bolena. She participated in San Francisco Opera's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle as a cover for the role of Waltraute. Her engagements have taken her to Davies Hall, Hertz Hall, Herbst Theater and the Paramount Theater and to appearances with Pocket Opera, Cinnabar Opera, Berkeley Opera, Concert Opera of San Francisco, San Francisco Ballet, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Oakland Symphony and the California Bach Society.

Since moving to Napa in 1999 she has been holding art song and opera workshops as well as student recitals in her Mt. Veeder Voice Studio. She has maintained a private studio since l979.

As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing she has helped promote student recitals in the East Bay and Napa areas. She is also a member of both the San Francisco Bay Area and Redwood Empire Chapter.

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